"It's a world title match to be here today, to compete against this competition. But as I've always said, winning form is good form. She had won two in a row, she fit here today, and she ran like she belonged. God bless her."
"It was hard to tell [if I won the photo] in the heat of battle. It was a very emotional race."
Graham Motion trainer of runner-up Strathnaver (No. 2): "I'd feel a little bit better if that wasn't such a tough beat. I told Mike not to rush her, and I wouldn't second guess him if he waited too long to move. She ran a great race, and he gave her a great ride."
Mike Smith, rider aboard runner-up Strathnaver (No. 2): "She ran brilliantly. I want to see the photo. I'm really disappointed, I thought I got there, but evidently I didn't. She ran a tremendous race, I rode her just like Graham told me to, sit and give her one short run. I'm just dumbfounded."
Irad Ortiz, Jr., rider aboard fourth-place finisher Discreet Marq (No. 9): "I got an outside post, and I tried to get her out of there. We got out of there, but my filly has speed. Some horses were going, so I saved her so I could drop in, but we went a little wide. I didn't want to be that wide. I wanted to save more ground."